Police & Fire

Maine State Police Troop F Report, Dec. 30, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

Editor’s Note: An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

HOULTON, Maine — The Maine State Police Troop F barracks in Houlton responded to a number of calls for service during the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 5, including the following.

Monday, Dec. 30

MONTICELLO: Cpl. Michaud responded to a motor vehicle crash in Monticello. During the course of the investigation he learned that the female operator’s right to operate was currently under suspension. She was cited for operating after suspension and a licensed driver was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.

PATTEN: Tr. Saucier stopped a motor vehicle in Patten for a registration violation. During the course of his investigation, he learned that the operator’s right to operate was currently under suspension. The operator was cited for operating after suspension and a registration violation.

PATTEN: Tr. Saucier responded to Patten when a report was received that someone had damaged property at a home in town. Tr. Saucier’s investigation led him to a suspect that had shot at two windows in a residence because he was upset with someone at the home. The suspect was charged with criminal mischief.

Thursday, Jan. 2

MARS HILL: Tr. Martin investigated a complaint of a vehicle passing a stopped school bus in Mars Hill. The suspect vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed and was closing on the school bus. The bus had its red lights flashing and the vehicle passed the bus. Tr. Martin located the driver and she admitted to passing the school bus. The woman was issued a criminal summons for the offense.

Saturday, Jan. 4

CRYSTAL: Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement on Route 159, Crystal. He observed a vehicle driving towards Island Falls and the inspection sticker appeared to have been tampered with. Cpl. Quint stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. An investigation determined the inspection sticker was not for that vehicle and it was removed. The driver was issued a criminal summons for the fictitious sticker and a traffic summons for not having insurance. The driver was less than a mile from home and was allowed to take the vehicle back to his residence.

ISLAND FALLS: Houlton Regional Communications Center received a call about a tractor trailer unit that was up against the guard rail in the area of I95 MM276 South. Tr. Cotton arrived on scene and contacted the operator of the tractor trailer. After brief investigation, Trooper Cotton determined the operator was traveling in the driving lane when he lost control of the truck. The truck crossed into the passing lane and then into the guardrail. It took out approximately 100 yards of guard rail. The unit came to rest when the trailer jackknifed in the median and hit the RT. 159 Bridge upright, breaking the trailer in half. The operator complained of minor pain but refused an ambulance. A wrecker service will be removing the truck when the weather improves. A DOT bridge inspector was called to the scene and determined that one lane of the Rt. 159 bridge needed to be shut down until they conclude their damage investigation.

PRESQUE ISLE: Tr. Levesque was on routine patrol when he noticed a black pickup being evasive. Tr. Levesque noticed it had a temporary registration plate and it was issued in October. Tr. Levesque stopped the pickup and the driver had bought the truck from a private sale and the truck was not registered. The driver admitted that the plate was falsely attached and there was no inspection sticker. Tr. Levesque issued the driver both criminal and traffic summonses.

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